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A Complete Illustrated children's fantasy book by George MacDonald.

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236 At the Back of the North Wind
" Better, my child," she answered, " but uneasy about you, my dear."
" Didn't you tell him I was the early bird gone out to catch the worm?"
"That was what put it into your head, was it, you
monkey?" said his mother, begi n ni ng to get better.
" That or some­thing else," an­swered Diamond, so very quietly that his mother held his head back and stared in his face.
"Well! of all the children !"shesaid, and said no more.
"And here's my worm," resumed Diamond.
But to see her face as he poured the shillings and
sixpences and pence into her lap! She burst out crying a second time, and ran with the money to her husband.
And how pleased he was! It did him no end of good. But while he was counting the coins, Diamond turned to baby, who wras lying awake in his cradle, sucking his precious thumb, and took him up, saying:
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